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Move into private practice with confidence

Put patients first

Put patients first

Develop your practice while focusing on what matters most—the care you give and your own opportunities for growth. The clinic provides ancillary services and cultivates relationships with area hospitals that allow you to deliver seamless care. A strong in-house referral network and trusted relationships with other physicians help you to deliver the comfort and confidence patients seek.

Become an owner

Following a two-year term as an associate of the clinic, each associate physician is reviewed by their department, which then makes a recommendation to the board of directors to consider the candidate for shareholder status. Shareholders enjoy the advantage of being owners of their own business and controlling the policies that govern their work and lives.

The board of directors

Self-governance is an important avenue through which physicians of The Vancouver Clinic grow personally and professionally. Participation contributes to the positive, collegial work atmosphere that we enjoy. Shareholders have the opportunity to be elected to the ten-member board of directors, which approves all major policy decisions at the clinic.

Opportunities for committee work

All physicians have the opportunity to join committees that shape the business of The Vancouver Clinic. These include committees on finance, retirement, information services and medical records, compensation distribution, and strategic planning. New physicians are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Keep learning

Mentoring opportunities
The Vancouver Clinic offers an extensive provider mentoring program designed to facilitate the transition into private practice.
Each new provider is assigned a local mentor to answer questions about clinic life, policies, and accepted medical practices and procedures. In addition, providers can easily access resources to help guide their work performance, including monthly statistical reports on productivity, patient contact hours, and patient visits. The chair of each department takes an active role in the mentoring program, checking in regularly with the new providers.

Continuing education

At least twice each month, providers and staff have an opportunity to hear a presentation on medical issues at each of our clinic sites. In addition, our Pearls for Providers program creates the space for physician-only discussions on topics related to patient care. Clinic physicians or outside speakers cover a range of medical interests and specialties. The program draws high ratings from participants, and each presentation is worth one hour of CME category 2 credit.

Additional extensive opportunities for learning and for category 1 credit are available through the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program through Southwest Washington Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.